Turkish opposition parties to sign four-way election alliance

Aaron Brown
May 5, 2018

It will be Muharrem Ince, a long-time MP and fervent secularist and Kemalist who will be the candidate of the main opposition party CHP to run against incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the early elections on June 24 in Turkey.

Notably absent from the alliance is Turkey's third largest party, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, which will also announce its presidential candidate today.

Turkey will also hold parliamentary election on June 24.

Ince removed his CHP party pin and had it replaced with a Turkish flag, as he promised to be a candidate for all citizens, regardless of ethnicity or religion.

Erdoğan said the vote, originally scheduled for November 2019, was moved up to accelerate Turkey's change from a primarily parliament system to one giving the president more executive authority.

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Separately, Meral Aksener, the head of the IYI Party, applied to the Supreme Board of Elections (YSK) on Wednesday to seek the presidency.

It is expected that the presidential candidate from the opposition will be revealed in the coming days.

The first to submit his candidacy was the maverick leader of the small leftist nationalist Patriotic Party, Dogu Perincek.

Ince said Erdogan's new presidential palace, which opened in 2014 to sneers from the opposition, should be handed over to the youth and made a "home for science". This has lead to speculation the CHP could pull its candidate in the second round of voting and back Aksener.

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